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October 13
A nurse prepared a Pfizer booster shot. New data supports booster shots from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

J&J booster questions raised

Trial, review find other vaccines may be better for additional shots.
Business
October 13
Health care workers have to decide whether to continue the legal fight against COVID-19 vaccination mandates.  ] ANTHONY SOUFFLÉ • anthony.souffle@

Many Minnesota health care workers fighting vaccine mandate have received exemptions

Those health care workers will have to decide whether to continue the legal fight to stop the mandate.
Coronavirus
October 13
The Grand Portage Point of Entry on the U.S. border with Canada, pictured here in March 2020, will likely see an increase in traffic next month as vac

Minnesota border communities celebrate impending return of Canadian visitors

With nonessential travel closed off since March 2020, it will be the end of a 20-month separation.
Nation
October 13
A new study has found mixing COVID-19 vaccines is at least as effective as using the same vaccine as a booster.

Vaccine mix-and-match approach bolsters antibodies, study finds

More detail about the study is expected to be disclosed Friday afternoon at a meeting of an FDA advisory panel.
Local
October 13
State leaders continue to encourage unvaccinated Minnesotans to seek shots against COVID-19.

Average age of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota is getting younger

Latest CDC ensemble modeling forecast predicts level coronavirus infection numbers in Minnesota through October.
Nation
October 13
A man places a cold compress on his forehead while battling the flu at a hospital in Georgia.

Is it the 'worst cold ever,' the flu or COVID-19?

U.S. doctors are bracing for a "twindemic" as European countries buy extra flu vaccines this year.
Local
October 13
A family walked into a St. Paul YMCA with a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in August.

Judge won't block vaccine mandate for Minnesota health care workers

A federal judge won't block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for scores of Minnesota health care workers, at least for now.
Local
October 13
While vaccines might be losing some effectiveness at preventing any infections, studies show they remain protective against severe illness, hospitaliz

Rising COVID-19 numbers returning to pre-vaccine levels in Minnesota

COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 960 in Minnesota, a 2021 record that includes 254 people in intensive care, state data shows.
Health
October 12
The Moderna logo is seen at the company’s campus in Norwood, Massachusetts, on December 2, 2020, where the biotechnology company is mass producing i

In review, FDA stays neutral on the need for a Moderna booster

An independent advisory panel of experts will examine the available data on both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters in a two-day meeting later this week.
Politics
October 12
US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the U.S. border is closed at the U.S./Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, in March 2020.

US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated

The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Business
October 12
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo a Boeing 777X airplane takes off on its first flight with the Olympic Mountains in the background at Paine Fi

Boeing tells workers they must get COVID-19 vaccine

The Boeing Co. has told employees they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or possibly be fired.
Variety
October 12
Some pandemic pods are still going strong, even after schools have reopened. Frankie McPherson, 5, and Addie Haugen, 7, (standing left to right) chat

Yuen: This Minneapolis pandemic pod has built a village to last

We've been told it takes a village to raise a child, but it took COVID-19 to convince us firsthand of that truth.
Coronavirus
October 11
State health officials continue to urge unvaccinated Minnesotans to get inoculated against COVID-19.

Unvaccinated continue to drive COVID growth in Minnesota

More than 900 inpatient hospital beds in Minnesota filled with COVID-19 patients for the first time since last December.
Local
October 10
Staff vaccination rates at Minnesota nursing homes are now at 72%. ] Jerry Holt  •Jerry.Holt@startribune.com

Nursing home staff vaccinations increase ahead of federal mandate, but some quit

Despite concerns that an upcoming federal vaccination mandate for long-term care workers would lead to resignations, Minnesota nursing homes so far have consistently managed to staff about two health care workers for every resident, although some are temporary employees.
Coronavirus
October 9
St. Victoria Catholic Church celebrated mass on a fine September Sunday. Outdoor worship has become a permanent addition.

COVID-19 has changed the way we worship, faith leaders say

Adaptations such as Zoom services and digital donations are here to stay.
Coronavirus
October 9
A nurse carries out trials of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center in Masiphumelele, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2020. Moderna

Moderna, racing for profits, keeps COVID vaccine out of the reach of the poor

Moderna executives have said that they are doing all they can to make as many doses as possible as quickly as possible but that their production capacity remains limited.
World
October 9
An activist hangs a Brazilian flag on a clothesline on Copacabana beach amid white scarves that represent people who have died of COVID-19 in Rio de J

Brazil tops 600,000 virus deaths amid doubts about delta

Bars in Brazil's biggest metropolis, Sao Paulo, are full again for Friday happy hours and lawmakers in the capital have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom. Rio de Janeiro's beaches are packed and calls for strict social distancing seem but a memory.
Coronavirus
October 8
More than 280 Iron Range parents have sued the Rock Ridge school district for its mask mandate. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Iron Range parents sue school district over mask mandate

Lawsuit against Rock Ridge schools is the first of its kind in Minnesota.
Local
October 8
COVID-19 testing levels have reached a 2021 high and more tests are finding more infections.

COVID testing, positivity rate reach 2021 highs in Minnesota

Minnesota's seven-day coronavirus infection rate now eighth highest among states, federal pandemic data shows.
Coronavirus
October 7
Evette Brinkley-Rock, 12, of Minneapolis, got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Beverly Propes during a vaccination event a

School COVID-19 spread remains high in Minnesota

More than 16% of Minnesota's 2,500 pre-K-12 school buildings listed with COVID-19 outbreaks of five or more infections in a two-week period.